In Acts 18, Paul is in Corinth preaching the gospel in the synagogue, and the Jewish leaders got a mob together, snatched Paul up and took him in front of the Roman tribunal. The Jewish leaders did not like that Jews were becoming believers.
9 And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” 11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, 13 saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law.” 14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. 15 But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things.”
There’s a lot in this portion of scripture: the Lord’s encouragement to Paul to continue sharing the gospel as well as the confidence that comes with being reminded that, “I am with you.” But I want to look at Gallio’s attitude toward Paul’s preaching.
In 14-15, Gallio says, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. 15 But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things.” Gallio dismisses Paul’s preaching as just words that were not relative to him, not understanding
there is power in the name Jesus. The Jews were aware. They were seeing lives change at a rate that scared them and they wanted to put a stop to it. There is no stopping the name of Jesus. Always remember, He is with you. He is on your side.
Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”